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Trip Reports - 2015

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February 11 - X-C skiing
Only 3 of us set out for Notchview X-C center with the plan of meeting a 4th. When we arrived, we learned from the many buses in the parking lot and the 100s of teenagers everywhere that the Massachusetts statewide x-c meet had been rescheduled for today! We surveyed the seen and quickly decamped to Pine Ridge where we met our contemporaries, contemplating the quiet of the Rensselaer Plateau.

  Leader: Sharon Bonk  Participants: Virginia Parsons, Mary MacDonald

February 4 - County Forest ski/snowshoe
We met at Schenectady County Forest trailhead, but the parking lot had not been plowed since Monday's 15 inches of snow fell. We shuttled to a side street where we parked, and drove the drivers back to County Forest, where Will had dug out one parking place. We did a lovely loop on beautiful deep soft untracked snow. The skiers broke trail, followed by the 3 snowshoers. We then went to the Crowther house, and 5 of us skied some of the trails there, before coming inside for a long lunch.

  Leader: Will Crowther  Co-leader: Nancy Crowther  Participants: Sharon Bonk, Ellen Kozlowski, Dave Esmond, Anneliese Lawson, Anne Finch

Lunch at the Crowthers after skiing/snowshoeing

January 28 - Grafton State Park X-C and snowshoe
Six brave souls set off at 5F on the Spruce Bog trail, some on snow shoes and others on skis. There were about 8" of new powder on a good base so the trail was decent but unbroken. The woods were beautiful, draped in white. We made a short loop, returned to the car and the skiiers switched to snowshoes and we set off again around Mill Pond, up NIMO, down to Long Lake and back along Second Lake and across Mill Pond.

  Leader: Sharon Bonk  Participants: Dave Esmond, Ray Henrikson, Katie Henrikson, Bob Armao, Charlie Beach

Are we racing?  Photo by Charlie Beach

January 21 - X-C skiing, Prospect Mt. VT
Four hearty souls set out from bright, crisp, and a frozen Albany area to arrive in a brigher, crisper (5F), but wonderfully groomed Prospect Mt in Woodford VT. For the morning we had most of the trails to ourselves. By noon, others had joined us.
This outing had been scheduled for Notchview in Windsor MA, but icy conditions and limited trails made the leader change the venue.

  Leader: Sharon Bonk  Participants: Dave Esmond, Mike Boucher, Ray Henrikson

January 1 - New Year's Day Hike
This New Year's Day hike was in conjunction with our chapter of AMC's annual meeting and pot luck social. We were a group of 11 participants and enjoyed the walk in Five Rivers Environmental Preserve. We had anticipated of course this being a snowshoe hike which would have been a bit more challenging endurance wise, but we were challenged nevertheless with maneuvering over roots and downed branches, especially in the areas where we had to go around icy areas. Hot cider and lunch awaited us at Elm Park and Recreation. All in all an enjoyable morning.

  Leader: John Tifft  Co-leader: Ellen Kozlowski  Participants: Dee Wind, Frank Wind, Thomas Welsh, Bradley Mohr, Deb Richards, Gerry Weber, Ann Fakundiny, Jill Nagy, George Nagy

January 1 - New Years Day Hike at Five Rivers
An around the perimeter walk of the nearby outdoor treasure called Five Rivers by eleven participants. The day was a continuation of the very cold weather that had been dominating the area prior to this date. However all seemed to have warmed by the walk. Some of the participants voiced a renewed admiration for all that Five Rivers has to offer.

  Leader: Ellen Kozlowski  Participants: John Tifft, Tom Walsh, Dee Portzer, Frank Wind, Dee Wind, George Nagy, Jill Nagy, Brad Mohr, Anne Finch, Gerry Webber

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